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Bangladesh expects to start ‘air transport bubble’ with India soon

  • Published at 04:53 pm August 19th, 2020
A Bangladesh Biman plane at Hazrat Shahjalal International AirportRajib Dhar
File photo of a Bangladesh Biman plane on tarmac at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune

A huge number of Bangladeshi nationals visit India for treatment of various diseases, while many Indians works in Bangladesh as consultants

Bangladesh is actively considering India’s proposal to start an ‘air transport bubble’ between the two countries.

“They (India) have this arrangement with some countries and we have received a proposal on this yesterday,” Foreign Secretary of Bangladesh Masud Bin Momen told reporters on Wednesday.

He made the statement after a meeting with his counterpart Indian Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla at Hotel Pan Pacific Sonargaon in Dhaka.

Air travel bubbles are temporary arrangements between two countries aimed at restarting commercial passenger services when regular international flights are suspended - in this case, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

India currently has air transport bubbles with Germany, France, and the Maldives.


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“We will actively consider their proposal and are expecting to start this soon,” said Momen.

The foreign secretary pointed out that a huge number of Bangladeshi nationals visit India for treatment of various diseases, while many Indians work in Bangladesh as consultants.

Citing that an air passenger bubble will be helpful on this matter, he said that he expected the two countries to start such an arrangement soon.

Shringla arrived in the capital on Tuesday to strengthen Indo-Bangla relations and met with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the evening.

Shringla, who had served as Indian high commissioner to Bangladesh, assumed office of the Indian foreign secretary in January 2020. It is his second visit to Bangladesh as the foreign secretary of India.